Coast Guard suspends search for woman missing from cruise ship

MOBILE, Ala. — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a 50-year-old woman who reportedly went overboard from a cruise ship approximately 75 miles south southwest of Pensacola, Fla., late Monday.

Missing is Michelle Vilborg, 50, of Bay Minette, Ala.

At approximately 11:00 p.m. Monday, June 15, 2009, Coast Guard units heard an emergency person-in-the-water broadcast on VHF channel 16 and upon confirmation with the Carnival cruise ship Holiday, immediately launched rescue crews.

The Coast Guard suspended the search Wednesday, June 19, 2009. Coast Guard assets have searched over 70 hours and approximately 3,654 square miles, an area larger than Delaware, with the following units:

  • Coast Guard Cutter Cobia, homeported in Mobile, Ala.
  • Coast Guard Cutter Pelican, homeported in Abbeville, La.
  • A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew from Air Station Clearwater, Fla.
  • A Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon jet from Aviation Training Center, Mobile, Ala.
  • A Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry rescue plane from Aviation Training Center, Mobile, Ala.

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